Robber fly - Nature photographer Thomas Shahan specializes in amazing portraits of tiny insects. It isn't easy. Shahan says that this Robber Fly (Holcocephala fusca), for instance, is "skittish" and doesn't like its picture taken.

Nature by Numbers (Video)

"The Greater Akashic System" – July 15, 2012 (Kryon Channelling by Lee Caroll) (Subjects: Lightworkers, Intent, To meet God, Past lives, Universe/Galaxy, Earth, Pleiadians, Souls Reincarnate, Invention: Measure Quantum state in 3D, Recalibrates, Multi-Dimensional/Divine, Akashic System to change to new system, Before religion changed the system, DNA, Old system react to Karma, New system react to intent now for next life, Animals (around humans) reincarnate again, This Animal want to come back to the same human, Akashic Inheritance, Reincarnate as Family, Other Planets, Global Unity … etc.)

Question: Dear Kryon: I live in Spain. I am sorry if I will ask you a question you might have already answered, but the translations of your books are very slow and I might not have gathered all information you have already given. I am quite concerned about abandoned animals. It seems that many people buy animals for their children and as soon as they grow, they set them out somewhere. Recently I had the occasion to see a small kitten in the middle of the street. I did not immediately react, since I could have stopped and taken it, without getting out of the car. So, I went on and at the first occasion I could turn, I went back to see if I could take the kitten, but it was to late, somebody had already killed it. This happened some month ago, but I still feel very sorry for that kitten. I just would like to know, what kind of entity are these animals and how does this fit in our world. Are these entities which choose this kind of life, like we do choose our kind of Human life? I see so many abandoned animals and every time I see one, my heart aches... I would like to know more about them.

Answer: Dear one, indeed the answer has been given, but let us give it again so you all understand. Animals are here on earth for three (3) reasons.

(1) The balance of biological life. . . the circle of energy that is needed for you to exist in what you call "nature."

(2) To be harvested. Yes, it's true. Many exist for your sustenance, and this is appropriate. It is a harmony between Human and animal, and always has. Remember the buffalo that willingly came into the indigenous tribes to be sacrificed when called? These are stories that you should examine again. The inappropriateness of today's culture is how these precious creatures are treated. Did you know that if there was an honoring ceremony at their death, they would nourish you better? Did you know that there is ceremony that could benefit all of humanity in this way. Perhaps it's time you saw it.

(3) To be loved and to love. For many cultures, animals serve as surrogate children, loved and taken care of. It gives Humans a chance to show compassion when they need it, and to have unconditional love when they need it. This is extremely important to many, and provides balance and centering for many.

Do animals know all this? At a basic level, they do. Not in the way you "know," but in a cellular awareness they understand that they are here in service to planet earth. If you honor them in all three instances, then balance will be the result. Your feelings about their treatment is important. Temper your reactions with the spiritual logic of their appropriateness and their service to humanity. Honor them in all three cases.

Dian Fossey's birthday celebrated with a Google doodle

Dian Fossey's birthday celebrated with a Google doodle
American zoologist played by Sigourney Weaver in the film Gorillas in the Mist would have been 82 on Thursday (16 January 2014)

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Bantul paddy farmers switch to sand mining

Slamet Susanto, The Jakarta Post, Bantul

Farmers in southern coastal areas of Bantul, Yogyakarta, are abandoning their traditional ways of rice paddy planting and are turning to sand mining.

Many Bantul farmers have begun excavating their rice fields in search of sand. This practice has proved more profitable than rice growing.

Rice fields along the Opak River in Sanden and Kretek districts are dotted with holes, the result of farmers digging some 50 centimeters before hitting sand. This new practice has raised fears the land will no longer be fit to grow rice.

"We mine sand as much as we can," said Rintono, a sand miner from Srigading village in Sanden.

Increased demand for sand for use in Yogyakarta's reconstruction efforts following the May 27 earthquake was what initially prompted farmers to adopt sand mining.

The quake hit Yogyakarta and Central Java, with Bantul being the worst affected.

"All we have to do is dig up our rice fields and trucks are waiting in line to pick up the sand. We don't have to work to sell the sand, it's sold right away," he said.

Rintono said with help he could fill between six and nine trucks with sand at Rp 200,000 (US$22) to Rp 300,000 per truck. Between Rp 25,000 and Rp 50,000 is given to the rice field owner.

"After considering all expenses, such as meals, we can earn around Rp 200,000 a day. On busy days we can earn Rp 250,000, while on slow days we make around Rp 100,000," he said.

Sukamto, another Srigading villager, said rice growing was not profitable, especially considering the current lack of adequate rain.

"We have to pump water to our field once a week so the paddy can grow and for that we have to spend money on fuel. Besides, rice prices are very low during harvest," he said.

Sukamto said the possibility of rendering his rice fields unusable in the future, a result of sand mining, did not concern him. "If we can't plant paddy again, we'll just turn it into a pond," he said.

Bantul regency administration has been unable to stop the growing practice.

Widjaya, head of the environmental supervision and recovery subdivision of Bantul's Environmental Impact Management Agency, said a local ordinance to regulate sand mining activities on private land had yet to be addressed.

He said the regency's administration was restricted to informing residents of the need to maintain a practice of environmental sustainability.

Sand mining could degrade the quality of water in areas around converted rice farms and may also worsen drought conditions, he said. .

"Since the mining activity is conducted near coastal areas, it may also cause the intrusion of seawater."

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