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"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.)

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FIFA President Sepp Blatter (L) shakes hands with UEFA president Michel Platini after being re-elected following a vote in Zurich on May 29, 2015 (AFP Photo/Michael Buholzer)
"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. …

Wall Street's 'Fearless Girl' statue to stay until 2018

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“… The Fall of Many - Seen It Yet?

You are going to see more and more personal secrets being revealed about persons in high places of popularity or government. It will seem like an epidemic of non-integrity! But what is happening is exactly what we have been teaching. The new energy has light that will expose the darkness of things that are not commensurate with integrity. They have always been there, and they were kept from being seen by many who keep secrets in the dark. Seen the change yet?

In order to get to a more stable future, you will have to go through gyrations of dark and light. What this means is that the dark is going to be revealed and push back at you. It will eventually lose. We told you this. That's what you're here for is to help those around you who don't see an escape from the past. They didn't get their nuclear war, but everything else is going into the dumper anyway. … “

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Friday, November 23, 2012

Michael Woodford: the man who blew whistle on £1bn fraud

Former Olympus chief executive tells of risks he ran in exposing fraud scandal at the digital camera company

The Guardian, Rupert Neate, Friday 23 November 2012

Michael Woodford got wind of the allegations of fraud worth over £1bn just weeks
 after taking over as CEO at Olympus. Photograph: Graham Turner for the Guardian

"This is humbling. It's a long way from a private jet," Michael Woodford shouts out as he charges across five lanes of traffic and into the underground at Euston Square.

Exposure : Inside the Olympus
 Scandal – How I Went from
 CEO to Whistleblower
by Michael Woodford
In a previous life as the boss of one of Japan's biggest companies, Woodford was used to being served champagne at 33,000ft as a stewardess put slippers on his feet. But that was a very different life again from the one Woodford was born into, in a "sink estate in Liverpool".

As well as having a difficult upbringing in a "shoebox"-sized home, Woodford was bullied for being both Jewish and Chinese – he is neither, but he went to the King David Jewish school and has a slightly oriental appearance from Tamil ancestry.

"To get home you had to walk past the two big rough comprehensives, and they'd see my school blazer and yellow and black tie and they'd say, 'Are you a yid, lad?'

"I would say, 'No, I'm a gentile,' but they couldn't understand that, which would always irritate them and I'd get pushed around. Another day I'd come back and they'd say, 'Are you a chink, lad?'. I'd say, 'No I'm English,' and they'd say, 'Ah, two number 16s.' They thought they were hilarious."

Despite the bullying, Woodford, 52, is still in touch with many friends from his formative years in Liverpool and Southend. But he says you will never catch him boasting about the private jet that would whisk him from the modest Southend home he has lived in for 30 years to Paris for the overnight first-class flight to Tokyo, or his £2.75m to £3m a year salary. "My friends aren't businessmen, they're artists and teachers, that sort of thing," he says. "If I went on about things like that, they would think I was a tosser."

While he always tried to stay grounded as he climbed the corporate ladder at Olympus over three decades, it's tough, he says, to break ties with the luxury lifestyle. "I don't like travelling economy on long-haul flights. All that pampering over the years has obviously got to me – so it's always business class," he says as he relaxes into the leather seats of the first-class carriage from Paddington to Oxford for the latest in a series of public speaking engagements.

Woodford joined Olympus's British subsidiary Keymed as a salesman in 1980 and rose to become managing director of the division before he was 30, then went on to become head of Olympus in Europe before being called to the top job in Japan. "But, you know, I don't live on a yacht or do silly things."

It's not as if he can't afford to be a little silly. Earlier this year he collected a £10m settlement over his dismissal for blowing the whistle on a £1bn fraud scandal at the endoscope and digital camera company.

"It must make you feel sick, interviewing people earning all this money," he says. "I'm quite leftwing, you know. I could be a communist, if that worked any better than capitalism."

Some of his beliefs would go down well with Marx and Lenin. His kids won't be getting any of the £10m. "If I'm struck down now, they won't get a penny," he says. "Rather than being posh little rich kids, they're going to go out there and earn it on their own." Edward, 19, and Isabel, 17, were sent to state grammar schools until he left for Tokyo, when Isabel was sent to a private boarding school – "she would have had to be sedated and handcuffed to go [to Tokyo]" – where, Woodford says, she's educating her classmates.

"Isabel told me the other day that some of her friends at school were saying taxation is wrong – not the level of taxation [but the fact that it exists]. She told them that that's what pays for the hospitals and the schools for other kids who can't afford to go to nice little rich schools."

His money will go to charity, predominantly those campaigning for human rights, such as Clive Stafford-Smith's Reprieve, and road safety foundations.

Noting the irony that he had just run across one of London's busiest junctions, he says, "But we looked both ways, right? And we were late. Being late in Japan is just about the rudest thing you can do. The contents of a meeting [in Japan] don't matter as long as you arrive on time."

Woodford says Japan's obsession with politeness and social niceties is partly to blame for the country's fall from the top of the global power tree and the fraud that almost destroyed the 93-year-old Japanese electronics company.

"There is a disaster in Japan because of these social characteristics – the deference, not being able to question people in authority," he says. It was this attitude, he continues, that almost allowed Olympus's previous bosses to cover up more than £1bn of fraud.

He first got wind of the claims just weeks after taking over as chief executive – the first foreigner, or gaijin, to run the company, and only the fourth at any major Japanese company – when a friend emailed him a translation of "amazingly detailed" claims published in Facta, a local magazine with a campaigning remit similar to Private Eye.

"When I got to the office I expected everyone to be talking about it. But no one mentioned it." By lunchtime he summoned two of his most trusted colleagues and ask them if they had read it. They had, but said that Tsuyoshi Kikukawa, Olympus's previous CEO and then chairman, had "told them not to tell me". Eventually Woodford demanded a meeting with Kikukawa and Hisashi Mori, then deputy president and "Kikukawa's permanent sidekick".

The table for the lunchtime meeting was set out with the "most wonderful selection of sushi, but in front of my place was a tuna sandwich", Woodford, a committed sushi fan, told students at Saïd business school in Oxford later that evening. "It wasn't just any tuna sandwich – it was a tuna sandwich that would have made British Rail in 1981 proud. It was that manky. The tuna sandwich was to tell me my place in life.

"That's when it really blew up, and the shit hit the fan," he said, before pausing hand over mouth in mock horror that he might have committed another terrible faux pas on top of arriving half an hour late for his own talk. "Can you say that at Oxford?"

Although Woodford tried to embarrass Mori into talking to him by following him into the urinals and shouting at him eyeball to eyeball, Mori and Kikukawa refused to explain why Olympus had spent almost £1bn buying three "Mickey Mouse" companies and paid $687m for mergers and acquisitions (M&A) advice on the deal. "It was the largest payment ever made for M&A advice in the history of capitalism by a factor of three," Woodford says. Forensic accountants traced the money to London, from where it "went to the Cayman Islands and disappeared".

When the next edition of Facta was published, it claimed the fraud was linked to "antisocial forces" – code for the Yakuza, the Japanese mafia. "I was scared. Even telling you now I can feel myself shaking and feel my hands going cold, soon my feet will go cold too," he says. "I started to think what was going to happen to me. My fate could have been, 'Michael has been under a lot of stress, he's been drinking and taking sleeping pills. He jumped off the top of a building.' That's what happens in Japan."

At home, his wife, Nuncy, ("she's Spanish, Latin-tempered and very bossy") was having constant nightmares. And it was about to get worse. Woodford called a meeting of the whole Olympus board to discuss the crisis, but Kikukawa had changed the agenda. "This meeting is to vote on the dismissal of Michael Woodford as CEO," Woodford heard via simultaneous translation in his headset. "As he said the O, all the directors put their arms up. They couldn't have put them up higher."

The next word was from Kikukawa. "'Mr Woodford cannot speak on this matter because he has a conflict of interest.' It was an eight-minute corporate execution."

He was forced to give up his apartment and take the bus to the airport, but Woodford wouldn't acquiesce to Mori's demands to hand over his iPhone. "I got in his face. 'Are you going to take it off me? My wife will be phoning, she'll be worried,'" he says. "Mr Mori didn't know I'd grown up in Liverpool."

Within hours he had given all the details to the press and the police. Kikukawa and Mori eventually resigned, but even then the rest of the board and institutional shareholders failed to support his bid to be reinstated as CEO.

"It is like a John Grisham novel. But it's true."

Exposure: Inside the Olympus Scandal – How I Went from CEO to Whistleblower (Portfolio Penguin) is published on 29 November. Available for £16 from www.guardianbookshop.co.uk

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