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6 Personality traits to admire and acquire

Posted by Admin on February 11, 2010

6 Personality traits to admire and acquire

I’ve written numerous articles and posts on difficult people, personalities and relationships: Everything from Manipulative Marys to Bullies in the workplace to people who break boundaries to toxic relationships.  Let’s face it:  In life, we come across all kinds!  As humans, we often focus on those who are negative or toxic leaving it difficult to appreciate those who are positive and healthy.  Seeking out individuals with healthy, positive traits, however, may do a lot of good.  The more we can surround ourselves with those who are positive and healthy, the more we may model those positive behaviors.

If you really think about it, once in awhile you come across a person who knocks you off your socks…legitimately.  Maybe they have a fantastic outlook on life, even during difficult times.  Maybe they are really humble, although they are extremely gifted.  Maybe they make you feel special.  All of these are good.

Below, I’ve listed some of the traits I admire most in people.  Although I could probably list a dozen characteristics, I thought I’d list those that seem to be the rarest or most difficult to find.

  1. Selflessness: In a world where many people don’t have the time or the interest in others, selflessness is a quality that seems to be less and less common.  People can be selfless in the time they give, the ability to listen, their level of patience and the love that they give.  Those who are giving and generous in nature have the power to make others feel loved, appreciated and special.  While those who are self-absorbed tend to do the exact opposite.
  2. Tolerance: Those people who are tolerant make us feel comfortable with who we are and special as individuals.  All of us are different, and many of us have quirks and idiosyncrasies.  After all, these differences make the world go round.  Having the ability to accept people for who they are and not expect them to be who we want them to be is important in life, happiness and in the health of our relationships.
  3. Genuineness: Having the ability to be real, authentic and honest is unique in a world where we put so much emphasis on the superficial.  Feeling comfortable in one’s skin and being true to one’s self is one of the most beautiful traits one can possess.  To have a REAL relationship with someone requires honesty…it requires hearing and giving input or feedback that may not always be popular…it means having the strength to tell it like it is and to not be afraid to face the consequences for doing so…it means loving people for who they really are…deep down…and not for what they appear to be.
  4. Sensitivity: So often we are focused on what is important to ourselves that we can forget about those around us.  Those who are sensitive are often thoughtful, appreciative and loving, in a way that makes you feel understood, valued and respected.  Often, sensitive people are also self-aware, making them mindful of how they impact others with what they do and say.
  5. Integrity: Call me cynical, but I think this characteristic is especially difficult to find.  In a time when people will do things that are underhanded to make an extra buck (Bernie Madoff…can you hear me?), expose their personal lives to the public so they can be famous (balloon boy’s dad and any other reality TV mongers) and do what feels good in the moment without necessarily thinking of the consequences (Tiger Woods), integrity is a characteristic that is especially unique today.
  6. Humility: Whether someone is super-smart, extremely talented or drop-dead gorgeous, there is something extra special about them if they don’t come across as though they know it all the time.  Humility in those that possess extraordinary traits make others feel special too.

Oh boy the list could go on!  What characteristics do you admire in others?  Are there any that you want to cultivate?

Originally published on Sheer Balance


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FBI wants records kept of Web sites visited

Posted by Admin on February 11, 2010

FBI wants records kept of Web sites visited
Published on 02-05-2010

Source: CNet

The FBI is pressing Internet service providers to record which Web sites customers visit and retain those logs for two years, a requirement that law enforcement believes could help it in investigations of child pornography and other serious crimes.

FBI Director Robert Mueller supports storing Internet users’ “origin and destination information,” a bureau attorney said at a federal task force meeting on Thursday.

As far back as a 2006 speech, Mueller had called for data retention on the part of Internet providers, and emphasized the point two years later when explicitly asking Congress to enact a law making it mandatory. But it had not been clear before that the FBI was asking companies to begin to keep logs of what Web sites are visited, which few if any currently do.

The FBI is not alone in renewing its push for data retention. As CNET reported earlier this week, a survey of state computer crime investigators found them to be nearly unanimous in supporting the idea. Matt Dunn, an Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent in the Department of Homeland Security, also expressed support for the idea during the task force meeting.

Greg Motta, the chief of the FBI’s digital evidence section, said that the bureau was trying to preserve its existing ability to conduct criminal investigations. Federal regulations in place since at least 1986 require phone companies that offer toll service to “retain for a period of 18 months” records including “the name, address, and telephone number of the caller, telephone number called, date, time and length of the call.”

At Thursday’s meeting (PDF) of the Online Safety and Technology Working Group, which was created by Congress and organized by the U.S. Department of Commerce, Motta stressed that the bureau was not asking that content data, such as the text of e-mail messages, be retained.

“The question at least for the bureau has been about non-content transactional data to be preserved: transmission records, non-content records…addressing, routing, signaling of the communication,” Motta said. Director Mueller recognizes, he added “there’s going to be a balance of what industry can bear…He recommends origin and destination information for non-content data.”

Motta pointed to a 2006 resolution from the International Association of Chiefs of Police, which called for the “retention of customer subscriber information, and source and destination information for a minimum specified reasonable period of time so that it will be available to the law enforcement community.”

Recording what Web sites are visited, though, is likely to draw both practical and privacy objections.

“We’re not set up to keep URL information anywhere in the network,” said Drew Arena, Verizon’s vice president and associate general counsel for law enforcement compliance.

And, Arena added, “if you were do to deep packet inspection to see all the URLs, you would arguably violate the Wiretap Act.”

Another industry representative with knowledge of how Internet service providers work was unaware of any company keeping logs of what Web sites its customers visit.

If logs of Web sites visited began to be kept, they would be available only to local, state, and federal police with legal authorization such as a subpoena or search warrant.

What remains unclear are the details of what the FBI is proposing. The possibilities include requiring an Internet provider to log the Internet protocol (IP) address of a Web site visited, or the domain name such as cnet.com, a host name such as news.cnet.com, or the actual URL such as http://reviews.cnet.com/Music/2001-6450_7-0.html.

While the first three categories could be logged without doing deep packet inspection, the fourth category would require it. That could run up against opposition in Congress, which lambasted the concept in a series of hearings in 2008, causing the demise of a company, NebuAd, which pioneered it inside the United States.

The technical challenges also may be formidable. John Seiver, an attorney at Davis Wright Tremaine who represents cable providers, said one of his clients had experience with a law enforcement request that required the logging of outbound URLs.

“Eighteen million hits an hour would have to have been logged,” a staggering amount of data to sort through, Seiver said. The purpose of the FBI’s request was to identify visitors to two URLs, “to try to find out…who’s going to them.”

A Justice Department representative said the department does not have an official position on data retention.

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Reintegrating into Society

Posted by Admin on February 11, 2010

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2010


Lets face it…based on societal standards (and even our own standards at times)…we are freaks.

And not just because we live our lives according to some invisible promise of a better world, but because we have have been hibernating like hermits for what seems like eternity…holed up like badgers, watching dozens of seasons go by so we could disconnect from every possible 3d dimensional reality matrix steeped in fear & limitation.  And yes this certainly meant letting go of our old perceptions of reality which included: friends, foes, family, jobs, homes, careers, and any other lower dimensional entanglement that we found ourselves tripping over…and all for the purpose of splaying our insides out for the relentless examination of karmic goo.


The end result?

Well, if we weren’t before, we are now TOTAL societal misfits.

Realistically, its not like we ever really fit into (or even wanted to fit into) the mainstream prior to our personal evolution process, but now it seems close to impossible to relate to the world outside of our self-created and hypersensitive bubbles. (definitely thinking: John Travolta, 1976 “Boy in the Bubble” here)

The irony is that for those who have come full circle and are gearing up to begin new lives, there is a slow growing desire and deep seated longing to connect with others again…to be part of the global community and to contribute to the world in real action-based ways.  Yet this desire can also simultaneously translate into feeling very raw, vulnerable and worrisome as we venture out into society or to try to relate to others after living so long in isolation.  (yep…very Tom Hanks-ish in “Cast Away” : ))  

For the last decade or so, we’ve been completely re-sensitized to the subtly of physical, emotional, mental & spiritual sensation, stripped of all pretense and nonessentials, X-rayed by the light of our inner truth, and now…just like newborns… we are facing the severity and harshness of the 3d world as we sliver out of our metamorphic cocoons… fresh with our new wings, but unable to fully fly.   This sensitive time of transition can amount to feeling prey to the outside world, tho luckily, this is only temporary as we continue to ground deeper into our authenticity and power, inching our way into our very new and very FULL lives.



The Urge to Merge

Clearly, this an odd time.  Luckily, we invented odd, but some light-workers, star-seeds and in particular, the way-showers/ path-pavers are beginning to feel the urge to mergewith the rest of the world again…to get back to living and implementing our dreams in physical ways, with our new level awareness, and to build the new earth with our newly developed tools of the trade.  The joke is that…as usual…the physical has not completely aligned to support these increasing desires which can leave us feeling, if anything…terrifie d.

But there is a point to this.  This month we will have the ability to get clearer, to hone our skills and test our new tools before we fully put them into action. February is offering us the ability to find our footing and stabilize ourselves in our new space, tie up loose ends, reconnect with our purpose and to prepare ourselves fully for the coming equinox which will catapult us into the stratosphere.

If you have, in any way, been testing the waters by acting on the subtle impulses to reconnect with the outside world..and especially if you have a role to play as a bridger (one who will be going back to work with the mainstream in some way) it can be a confusing time.  This is mostly because we are not 100% there yet, but also because we worked so hard to disconnect, detach and remove ourselves from the chaos of the 3D polarity matrix (the majority of society) and now that we have come full circle on the upward spiral of evolution, we are being guided to get back in it!

Much of the confusion and anxiety circling us right now has to do with this discrepancy. ..the feeling that its time to move forward, to merge with our outer world, to do something or go somewhere, but with NO IDEA where or what that is.  Energetically speaking, our new lives are so close to us now that we are literally nose to nose with our heartfelt dreams.  And tho we can’t yet see it, we can feel this new life as it is literally enlivening each and every cell of our bodies while creating great surges of excitement and tantalizing anticipation. .. and of course coupled with feeling completely burned-out and depleted.

This vacillation period is normal and temporary as we continue to anchor into the earth…like a plane coming in for a landing,  the wheels touch down and bounce up again, sometimes one wheel before the other until both wheels are firmly on the ground and balanced enough to sustain the momentum of the plane.

And though technically we are grounding this new perceptual reality into the earth, the Pleiadians describe what we are going thru using a space shuttle analogy. They say that before the shuttle can blast off into space, it must first test each combustion engine and go through rigorous diagnostics to ensure that the engines can sustain the propulsion of the flight.  That this pre-launch testing is what we are currently undergoing in our personal lives as we prepare for lift-off, and for the rest of February we will be testing our new reality and finishing any calibrations needed to match our new frequency from the many shifts we were knocked out with over the last 3 months.



Reintegrating into Society

If we re-enter the world prematurely (without our hearts reconnected) , its pretty easy to notice how far removed we can feel from the mass consciousness, or the “typical ways of thinking”.   For so many years our deepest conversation with the outside world may have been…”thank you for bagging”….and now suddenly we need to learn to connect, communicate and interact with others as an integral part of society.

And for many, this is the point.  

Now that we have mastered our inner domicile, our next level journey begins by living in the real world, with real people, doing real things.  Pretty tricky when you’ve fully developed your own way of thinking and seeing the world… and nearly developed your own language for describing it. But for all you bridgers out there, this is your next level J-O-B…
to live authentically.


How will this even be possible?

If this question has crossed your mind, then rest assured it’s already happening for you.  We just have to remember that manifestation begins with a thought, is followed by a feeling and the last to align is always the physical.  Right now are between the mental (the thoughts of reemerging) and emotional (the feelings of anticipation) but the physical is still not clear to us yet…tho we can feel that it is rapidly approaching.  When it all comes together, we will feel much safer and more supported to be outwardly true to ourselves… regardless of where we are or what we are doing.

The feeling of uncertainty from moving forward but not yet seeing the outer landscape of where we are heading can create anxiety and restlessness, but soon we will be able to see what’s in store for us with greater clarity.  Since the recent eclipses, our outer world is now rapidly adjusting to the new energies to set the physical foundation of whats to come…tho in a random and non-linear fashion… which also adds to the anticipation of seeing the physical birth of our long-held intentions for the very first time.



Think With Your (High) Heart!

Though the integration back into society may seem awkward at best, the purpose is for us to practice our mastery in baby steps, to learn thru experience how to relate to others thru the high heart, and not the mind.  The High Heart is the gate to higher consciousness, it is based solely in love and therefore supports a life of abundance, joy and fulfillment.  Since connecting thru love will be the only way to successfully navigate these new energies, we will most likely receive plenty of graceless opportunities to practice.  As always, your heart will lead the way for you.

And as we “get back to living” we will notice that our world is clearly defined vibrationally now, and that the intense purification process we endured was just for this purpose…so we could continually attract the people, places, situations and opportunities that sing harmonically with our souls and to give us the ability to
“be in the world, but not of it”.
It’s not as if everyone we encounter will have a solid “mental” understanding of the things we do…as each of our roles will be different… but that we will be attracting those of pure heart.  

In our work as bridgers, naturally we will brush up against those steeped in fear and limitation, but this too will serve its purpose in helping us to express ourselves clearly thru the power of our authenticity and without compromising our integrity.   Again, this will take practice and commitment, but this is what the next level journey is all about…putting all that we are and all that we’ve learned into
practice!



Next Up?

With the new moon on February 13th and the advent of the Chinese New Year (the year of the metal tiger) we will be experiencing another momentous shift into our greater reality.  With great celestial support now in our favor, the energy of success and opportunity literally surrounds us in a comforting blanket of security as we prepare for the completion of our rebirth and arrive at the entrance of our physical new beginnings.

We have waited an eternity for the right time/energy and alignments to launch us into our next level journey.  That time has arrived and our success is assured!

The big question is…what will that success look like?

See you when the fog clears….
Lauren

ThinkWithYourHeart.net


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Monsanto has limited involvement

Posted by Admin on February 11, 2010

Thursday February 11, 02:45 AM Source: Indian Express Finance

Monsanto has limited involvement in Bt Brinjal

By fe Bureau

Global seed giant Monsanto on Wednesday said it was not responsible for the development of Bt Brinjal, a day after the Centre deferred commercial introduction of the genetically modified crop. In a statement, the US-based company said the crop has been indigenously developed by Indian seed and biotech company Mahyco, with the crucial gene accessed from Monsanto. The company said its association with Mahyco is restricted to the minority financial stake of 26%, through Monsanto Holdings Pvt Ltd a 100% subsidiary of Monsanto Company, USA. “Monsanto will continue to conduct research in our focus crops cotton, corn and vegetables, in compliance with the Regulatory protocols. Monsanto believes better seed, biotech-enhancements, and improved agronomic practices hold the long-term solution to increasing crop productivity sustainably,” the company said. Mahyco has independently conducted Bt brinjal research for over nine years in full compliance with the guidelines and directives of the regulatory authorities to ensure its safety; making Bt brinjal the most rigorously tested vegetable with 25 environmental biosafety studies.

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